'My Life as a Zucchini' - Movie Review

Original French title: "Ma vie de Courgette," based on a novel Autobiographie d'une Courgette. The movie is shot in stop-motion animation, in a style I don't like.

Icare, age 9 - whose mother calls him "Courgette" ("Zucchini" in English) - lives with his alcoholic mother. By five minutes in, he's unintentionally caused her to fall down the stairs and die after she promises to give him the beating of his life. I'm fairly sure the movie wasn't meant for kids ...

Courgette finds himself living in a small orphanage along with a bunch of other troubled kids. The movie is (somewhat predictably) about making family (and friends) wherever you find yourself. Despite the rather ugly animation, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. The ending was surprisingly hopeful.